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Job Summary

The University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center is currently seeking a Research Assistant to work on a nationally funded research study related to youth substance misuse and violence. The Research Assistant will be primarily responsible for the recruitment of study participants aged 16-24 years of age through social media ads (e.g., Facebook, Instagram). 

Recruitment of participants via social media ads will entail verification of eligibility, conducting phone interviews with participants, as well as providing verbal instruction on how to download the mobile application. 

Also, duties include collecting and tracking of data on study subjects excluded, eligible, refused survey, learning the proper research protocol, becoming HIPAA and PEERRS certified, communicating with study subjects on how to enroll in a subsequent follow-up portion of the study, communicating with study subjects via text or social media to complete follow-up interviews, tracking of study participants participation, and conducting follow-up interviews in-person (e.g., at Hurley Medical Center, or within the Flint community), or over the phone.

In addition, the Research Assistant will interact with other study staff members on a regular basis and assist with data entry, data organizing, office tasks using Microsoft Word and Excel, and performing other routine project tasks. 


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Primary responsibilities include recruiting study participants via social media ads on Facebook and Instagram and assisting in the enrollment of eligible participants in the sequential steps of the study, collecting data, and assisting in the follow-up procedures of the study. 

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Identifying and recruiting potential study participants; tracking participants and preparing participant mailings, and scheduling and completing follow-up visits in-person or over the phone.

  • Organizing and maintaining collected participant research data. Performing medical record abstraction when needed.

  • Participating in research meetings and carrying out routine correspondence in regards to project activities.

Completing the U-M new employee requirements (e.g., background screening).

Required Qualifications*

  • HS Diploma or Assoc Degree.
  • Weekend and evening availability is required along with the ability to commute to North Campus Research Complex in Ann Arbor, MI as the primary work location.
  • Travel to Hurley Medical Center in Flint, MI may occur on occasion.
  • Additionally, the ability to work independently, pay close attention to detail, follow through with tasks, work as part of a team, observe and maintain data confidentiality, and feel comfortable talking to strangers over the phone and cold calling people is required.
  • Strong computer skills (MS Office, data entry, etc.), technology skills, and basic research knowledge is necessary.

Desired Qualifications*

0-1+ year experience in research and experience recruiting and consenting participants for studies. The candidate must be very detail-oriented with excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work well with others as well as approach and interact with strangers, and have strong oral and written communication skills. Reliable transportation is necessary and candidates will be asked to cross train in other job duties (i.e., recruit as well as conduct follow-up interviews). 

Work Schedule

This position requires flexibility, availability to work up to five days a week, during evening hours (between the hours of 2pm to midnight), any day of the week (including weekend shifts). This position is part-time.

Work Locations

This position is located in Ann Arbor, MI - North Campus Research Complex (NCRC).

Additional Information

Day shift hours are not an option with this position. Also, this position will begin immediately, with about a 2 week hiring process and 2 week training period. This position will occur from March 2018 and last about 5 months. 

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Background Screening

Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.